Richard L. Hills passed away on June 26, 2021 at his home in Reno NV at the age of 95. Dick was born in Iowa City, Iowa on 12/25/1925. He graduated from University High School, and attended the University of Iowa where he received his Bachelor’s, Masters and Doctorate of Music Education. He became a professor in the Woodwind Dept at the University of Missouri, Columbia from 1955-1985. Not only did he teach thousands of students as the Chairman of the Woodwind Dept, he was responsible for the floating “Mizzou Tigers” spelled out on the football field by Marching Mizzou at home games.
Dick was married to Joan Mumma Hills for 52 years. On their retirement, Dick and Joan retired to Lake City Co, where they lived for several years until moving to Brookings, OR in 1993. In retirement he continued to enjoy his love of the outdoors from hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in Colorado; to hiking and traveling in Oregon. After Joan passed away in 2001, Dick met and married Doris Crosby in 2007. Doris brought laughter back into Dick’s life until she passed away in 2016.
He is survived by daughter Susie, daughter Kathy (James) and son Christopher, along with grand daughters Susan and Kelly.
No memorial service is planned at this time. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to St Judes Children’s Hospital or St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Brookings OR.
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